We are often asked what products we recommend. Below we have provided links to our favorite products. These are items we feel are essential for the health of our dogs or for the ease of grooming.
We feed all our dogs and our puppies NuVet Plus all-natural human grade vitamins in the powder form for small dogs and puppies. Some adult dogs like the 'treat' variety, but the treat is a little firm and some dogs don't like it and everyone seems to like the powder. We have found our dogs have lovely coats, are full of energy, and are extremely healthy. NuVet Plus can help heal and protect against the ravages of free radicals that attack your pet throughout its life. It is fully safe and affordable! In addition, if your dog suffers any ailments it can also be helpful for:
* Skin and Coat Problems
* Scratching, Itching, Biting
* Hot Spots
* Arthritis and Joint Problems
* Premature Aging
* Low Energy Levels
* Diabetes and Liver Problems
* Cataracts and Tumors
* Digestive Problems
* Heart Disease
These vitamins are made in the USA of US human grade, all natural ingredients, which makes me feel better using them. Other vitamins I don't know if the ingredients came from China or are of usable form to benefit health.
**Saving JUST ONE major trip to the vet could pay more than a lifetime supply of NuVet Plus® I have heard personal testimonies of dogs who have had major positive changes in their health by using NuVet vitamins. We personally use them as a supplement and preventative.
To order, click on the logo to the left or the link above. Use order code 54281. NuVet Plus is not available through stores. You can also call 1-800-474-7044 ID Code 54281.
Egg Yolk - one tsp powdered egg yolk or 1/2 boiled egg yolk per day. Powdered egg yolk can also be given at one teaspoon per day. This will make a one pound bag last about three months. This stores easily (about a one year shelf life if stored in a dry dark cupboard) and is easy to give while traveling. You can also add a bit of water and microwave to make scrambled egg yolk. This will help their bones, eyes and coat. Consider which method best works for your lifestyle and be prepared before your puppy comes home.
Lixit Dog Water Bottles - these are the best drip free water bottles we have found. Drinking from a water bottle helps keep the face white and also helps keep floors and faces dry. They are not necessary but can be useful and also can work well for travel. Crate: Your puppy will need a crate. This will be his safe place. It will also help you in training your puppy. You may decide you would like to have a larger metal crate 24L x 16 W x 21 H for at home and a plastic for travel which gives much more safety to your pet, 21 L x 16 W x 15 H, we prefer the Petmate Sky kennel size small. The metal crates will collapse under impact, so the sturdy plastic crates such as this one provide your pet with the best protection in the event of an accident. You may also choose to travel with a soft-sided 'Sherpa' style bag, we prefer the Snoozer Roll Around size Medium. These look a bit like a duffel bag. They are small and convenient, but do not leave your puppy alone in one, they can easily scratch their way out. These are great for around town, or for travel in an airline under your seat. X-pen: These come in plastic, metal, or fabric varieties. They can be purchased at a pet store or in the baby department. They allow your puppy to get exercise while you are away or at home but unable to have direct supervision of your puppy. They can also be used outdoors to contain your puppy to keep him safe while you are busy doing other things. They are NOT to be used as an outdoor unsupervised confinement for your puppy. Havanese are house dogs and must live in the house with you!! The metal and plastic are appropriate for home use while you are away from home and your dog is unsupervised. The fabric variety is perfect for travel, light weight and easy to fold and take with you, but is not designed for unsupervised use as your dog could make a hole in the mesh and get out while you are away. Comb: You will need a metal fine/medium tooth comb for grooming your puppy. The comb is the easiest way to make certain you have gotten all tangles out of his coat. This is the comb I use for stubborn tangles. The very best comb is the Chris Christensen Buttercomb, it has rounded teeth that make combing less painful for your dogs. It is quite expensive, but many love it. We have one for show days and it makes a wonderful finishing comb to smooth the coat. My favorite go-to comb for every day combing and grooming is a rotating, rounded tooth comb. It does most jobs well, the dogs don't mind it and it's not as expensive. Brush: Wooden bristle oblong Chris Christensen brush. It is good for smoothing the coat, finish brushing or daily brushing, but can also miss tangles so should not be used as the sole grooming tool. This is my favorite brush. It may be a bit expensive upfront, but it will give a lifetime of wonderful grooming that is much more comfortable for your dog. It is great for a daily once over and for serious grooming. It's the only brush I will use. Shampoo/Conditioner - We use the Chris Christensen Spectrum 10 shampoo and conditioner for shows. This is a very conditioning shampoo and conditioner and makes the coat extra soft and silky, it can be diluted down or used full strength depending on your needs. We have tried many other shampoos and conditioners and always come back to this. We use it for all our grooming needs, diluted for daily use and full strength for show days. We have never had our dogs have dry or itchy skin using Spectrum 10 and the fragrance is very mild but smells fresh and clean.
Ear Cleaning -
TrizUltra + Keto to be used after bath time, a few drops in each ear and rubbed in. This will help to keep the ear clean, and also help to avoid ear infections caused by water getting in the ear canal.
Nail Trimmers: trim your pups nails every time you bathe him to help keep them neat so he can walk properly
Scissors:. you will want a small pair of hair scissors to trim to pads of your dogs feet. This will help keep them from slipping and also keep dirt from collecting on the feet. Long hair on the feet can also be itchy to the dog and cause them to chew on them.
Spray bottle: Fill with 1 part conditioner and 10 parts water. Spritz on the coat whenever you are going to comb or brush your puppy. This will help keep the coat from breaking.
Collar/Leash: Your puppy will need a collar and leash for whenever you take him out. 1/2" width works well, pick a very soft nylon so it will tangle the coat less. A collar that measures 10" and can be adjusted smaller will fit for the life of your puppy. A 4' or 6' lead will work best. Retractable leads are not recommended. They do not encourage proper leash training nor are they especially safe for puppy or human in congested areas. Another option than a collar is to get a soft harness. This will prevent your puppy from pulling too hard and damaging his esophagus, but you will need to brush out his coat after wearing it to avoid tangles.
Food dish: Stainless steel dishes are the best as they are not porous and are cleaned easily.
Bedding: You can use towels, blankets, or buy bedding designed for dog crates. Havanese also like to curl up in a soft doughnut bed.
Potty pads: Your puppy will be trained to use puppy potty pads. They can either continue using these in a designated area of your home or you can transition them to outdoor pottying. We use the adult incontinence pad as it is larger than the pad made for puppies. Our favorite are the ones from Sams Club as they are quilted, more absorbent and not so easy to shred for tiny puppies.
Toys: Stuffed toys and chew toys/bones. Make certain to give your puppy plenty that is acceptable for him to play and chew on. This will help keep your new puppy out of mischief. Ours like the blue nubby nylabone or flexible nylabone. Make certain not to purchase toys made in China due to the possible contamination with lead.
Toys your dogs may like: Blue nubby nylabone or flexible nylabone, elk antlers (great for puppy chewing and helping puppy teeth fall out properly), large beef thigh bones, stuffed animals, unstuffed animals, balls of different shapes and that make noises, squeeky toys, rope bone, made in the USA human grade hard plastic bowl (this is one of our dogs favorite chew toys).
Puppy-proof: Make certain to puppy proof your home BEFORE your puppy comes home. Remove electrical cords, hazardous plants, cleaning supplies, plastic bags, potpourri, grapes/raisins, chocolate, coffee grounds and xylitol (found in sugar-free candy, power bars, and gum; causes life threatening low blood sugar from a single stick).
Dog food is always a struggle for puppy owners. We also stress about assuring to give our dogs the very best nutrition possible. With pregnant moms and growing puppies there are even more concerns. We prefer a food that is ALL LIFE STAGES, and only recommend ALS dog foods so you will not have to change your dogs food just because they turned a certain age. If the food works for your dog, don't change. You can't 'fix' what isn't broken.
Our dogs are fed ANNAMAET Encore. We have been very impressed by the Annamaet company and their selection of ingredients that go into their food. It is a privately owned company manufactured in the USA of human grade ingredients. No preservatives, no chemicals, no GMO, no corn, soy wheat in any product. They have a line of grain inclusive and grain free foods.
For puppies: We recommend Annamaet Encore but other acceptable varieties meeting the requirements for balanced and limited calcium levels include Annamaet Extra or Option from the gain inclusive or Salcha from the grain fee options. These foods are good for them as puppies and into adulthood and even into old age. As an adult, all varieties are wonderful and could even be rotated if desired.
We appreciate that Annamaet family owned and operated and is a quality dog food, made from excellent human grade ingredients, includes chelated vitamins and minerals, is independently manufactured, and is still within an affordable price range. We appreciate even more that they do not include corn, soy, wheat, artificial ingredients, hormones, anitibiotics, GMO's or rosemary in their products. We also appreciate that they have several varieties that fall within the preferred requirements for pregnant moms and growing puppies, keeping the calcium to phosphorus ratio balanced and keeping the calcium levels lower for growing puppies to have steady, even growth. We also appreciate that the calorie content is within the preferred range per cup. Overall, a nicely balanced food at a price point most can afford.
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